Dan Poynton
Dan Poynton (piano) 


A
pianist and composer, Dan Poynton is an exceptional champion of New Zealand music with a unique performance style and audience rapport. He has toured the world extensively, and is in high demand for his solo piano performances.

Dan was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His first major musical recognition came while at school when he won the Composition Prize at the 1983 National Westpac School Music Competition. In 1986 he was a finalist in the TVNZ Young Musician’s Competition and the National Christchurch Concerto Competition. In 1988 he was awarded first prize in the National Kerikeri Piano Competition. After study in New Zealand and postgraduate study in Australia, Dan spent several years traveling the world. 

You Hit Him He Cry Out won Classical Album of the Year at the 1998 NZ Music Awards. This recording established Dan Poynton’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s foremost performers. The album is regularly played on New Zealand radio, and Dan has been a favourite at local and international festivals ever since. 

Dan was chosen as the sole New Zealand representative to perform a concert of New Zealand music in June 1999 at the Sydney Opera House as part of the International Association of Music Information Centres’ Conference. He began 2001 with performances in the Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, and the Bangkok New Music Festival. During the year, he gave many concerts throughout New Zealand and also performed with Sylvia Nopper in Malaysia, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland. He ended the year performing in India, Germany and London, and to critical acclaim in the New Music Festival in Edinburgh and the Ijsbreker Festival in Amsterdam. In 2002 Dan toured under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand with both his solo programme and as part of the group Under Construction. He has also been involved in a number of recording projects. In 2003 Dan performs in the Sonorities Festival In Ireland followed by performances in Scotland, England, Germany and Switzerland along with various projects in New Zealand.

Dan once again received widespread critical acclaim with his exceptional interpretations of Douglas Lilburn’s piano music.

For more information, visit Dan Poynton at SOUNZ